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If you need help with maths homework, call Kip McGrath – not the police please!

Needing help with maths homework?  Please don’t call the police!

Hilarious!  This 4 year old boy was needing some help with his maths homework.  He couldn’t work out what 16 takeaway 8 was so he called the police.  I have to say the policeman was very patient and understanding.  Had to laugh when the boy’s mum discovered what he was up to!

If your child needs help with maths or English homework, tell them to call Kip McGrath and not the police!


 

Jamie Calder Sailing Winner

RYA UK Youth National Sailing Championships 2014 in Portugal – Jamie Calder

British Youth Sailing Team 2014 Announced for RYA Youth National Championships

Jamie Calder SailingWe are delighted to congratulate one of our dedicated  Kip McGrath students on his fantastic achievement in qualifying as one of the 12 young sailors who will be competing for Great Britain at the 2014 RYA Youth National Championships in Portugal in July.

Jamie Calder (15) from Edinburgh won his place after five days of events in Weymouth competing against 300 of the best under 19 sailors in the UK. Jamie dominated the Laser Radial class, showing composure beyond his years and posting the most consistent series scores throughout the weeklong event.

Jamie took the lead after a long day’s racing on Wednesday and never relinquished it, extending his point gap over sailors 2 years his senior. The final day of racing saw no races able to be completed and allowed Jamie to be crowned Youth National Champion, the first Scot to take the title since Charlotte Dobson did back in 2004.

Jamie Meets HRH Princess Royal

Jamie Calder Sailing Winner

Jamie Calder meets Princess Anne

In addition to extending his lead at the top of the leaderboard, Jamie also had the pleasure of meeting HRH Princess Royal.

“It was pretty good to meet HRH. It is not something you do every day to meet a Princess. She seemed on good form, I hope she enjoyed her day as much as I did. I think it is great to have her here. Sailing isn’t a very high profile sport in comparison to Rugby or Football so it is great to have her down her to see what we do.”
“I have had to fight really hard for this place and I want to prove to everyone that I have earned it and I want to do as well as possible. I’m going to do it for myself obviously, but also my parents who have put a lot of time and money into my sailing and the rest of my family and my coaches who have helped me so much.”

Achieving a Gold Medal plus an Education.

Jamie is dedicated to sailing and his dream is to ultimately win a Gold medal at the Olympics

As I am training or competing during my time away from school. one of the challenges I face is keeping up with my school work.  Going to Kip McGrath really helps me with this.  My ultimate goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympics but I need a good education too.  I am a competitive person and want to do equally well in my studies and my sailing.  Kip McGrath are helping me to achieve this.”  Jamie

Pip Watt, Centre Director of Kip McGrath Barnton, Currie and Livingston says:

“Jamie is an exceptional young man,  He has been attending our centre in Currie for many years now and is always both cheerful and motivated.  His dedication to both his schoolwork and his sailing is admirable.  I am delighted he has made it this far in this competition.  We wish him the very best of luck”.

Other Newslinks Relating to Jamie Calder and the British Youth Sailing Team

www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/BritishYouthSailingTeamconfirmedfortheISAFYouthWorlds2014.aspx

www.ryascotland.org.uk/news/Pages/JamieCalderisYouthNationalChampion.aspx

www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/175726/RYA-Youth-National-Championships-day-4

www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/175732/RYA-Youth-National-Championships-overall

Tuition for dyslexic children in scotland

Dyslexia Support and Advice for Parents in the UK

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a term many of us have heard and we associate it with people who struggle with reading and writing or confuse b and d but few people know much about this neurological condition which affects 10-15% of the UK population.

Dyslexia, sometimes termed word blindness, has been documented for over 100 years.  The first recorded case of dyslexia appeared in the British medical journal in 1896.  W. Pringle Morgan, described the case of 14-year-old, Percy F, who could not read and wrote his name as Precy, but he could multiply 749 by 887 quickly and correctly.

famous dyslexics Albert EinsteinThere have been many famous dyslexics such as Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Agatha Christie to name a few.

Dyslexics tend to be very creative and often Entrepreneurial.

The British Dyslexic Association defines dyslexia as:

“Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be lifelong in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities”.

In a modern world, where reading, writing and maths are given high status and employment opportunities depend on mastery of these skills parents can become worried when their child is not achieving in line with their peer group.

What should parents look out for?

  • Delayed speech
  • Difficulties in converting speech sounds (phonemes) into written text (graphemes), resulting in their reading and writing being below that expected for their IQ.
  • Confusion over the letters b and d after the age of 8
  • Difficulty in recalling times tables or sequences such as days of the week and months of the year.
  • Poor organisational skills
  • difficulty copying text which is increased when copying from a board
  • Slow reading speed
  • Poor sight words
  • Adding in/missing out letters when reading or spelling
  • Guessing words
  • Reversal of words when reading or spelling (on/no, was/saw)
  • Difficulty mastering new skills
  • Difficulty transferring thoughts to paper

This is not an exhaustive list but good signs to watch out for.

Research into Dyslexia

There has been much research into the causes of dyslexia and this is still ongoing. It is believed that dyslexia is caused by an hereditary gene (although this is not always the case). A dyslexic’s brain works differently to a non-dyslexics and there is less activity in the language areas of the brain during reading and writing.

If you are concerned about your child what can you do?

1) Talk to your child’s class teacher, Special Educational Needs Teacher (SENCO)
2) Request a dyslexia screening test, especially if there is a family history of these difficulties
3) Follow a systematic multi-sensory programme such as Alpha to Omega or Toe by toe
4) Find a qualified specialist to assist

Teaching Methods

A dyslexic student will need a multi-sensory approach to learning reading and spelling. This will need to be very structured in filling in the phonic gaps.

Multi-sensory
Seeing, hearing, saying, writing, feeling/ making. The student will need to engage as many senses as possible in order to stimulate the language areas of the brain.

Handwriting
It is beneficial for the dyslexic to join their handwriting as this helps them to remember the word shape.

Using the sense of touch

The use of sandpaper letters with a blindfold (removing the sense of sight heightens the sense of touch), play dough, sand, drawing in the air/ on the child’s back will increase the number of senses a child uses, stimulating the language areas of the brain.

How Can We help at Kip McGrath?

Kip McGrath Education CentresKip McGrath has over 40 years experience of helping children across the globe do better at school.  The very core of the Kip McGrath programme uses a systematic multi-sensory approach to learning (seeing, hearing, saying and writing).  This approach has been proven to be most effective for dyslexic students.

The Kip software was also designed on a blue background.  Dyslexic students often struggle to read on white.  Many such students read better with a coloured overlay or coloured lenses. Testing to see if this will help your child can be carried out at an optometrist. At home on the computer try changing the background colour or font colour. Writing on coloured paper can also help.  Kip McGrath developed some new programmes in 2008 which develop visual and auditory memory and these are  also valuable to the dyslexic student.

If your child has been diagnosed as dyslexic, you may wish to consider extra tuition.  Talk to your local Kip Centre teacher to see if they can help.  Many centres have teachers experienced in Special Needs Education.  To find a centre near you, please click on the links below:

Find a Kip McGrath Centre in Scotland >>

Find a Kip McGrath Centre in England, Wales or Ireland >>

What else can I try?laws_mindmap

Magnetic letters for creating words
Mind mapping by Tony Buzan
Recap and Review work frequently
Subtitles on the TV, audio books

A Neuro-Science Solution

Introducing Cellfield

For some children a more intense solution is needed.  When the traditional approach fails and a student hits a brick wall a more drastic solution is required.  As dyslexics under use certain parts of their brain and overuse others (compared to a non-dyslexic reader).

Tuition for dyslexic children in scotland

it may be necessary to use neuro-science research (which shows that the brain can change itself) to treat the underlying cause. Cellfield is an innovative, proven, sustainable treatment for dyslexia and is available in the UK.  Cellfield takes a multi-disciplinary approach, building on neuro-science research to stimulate the auditory and visual parts of the brain and make the messaging between these areas more precise.

Cellfield UKCellfield achieves remarkable gains, on average a child will make 2 years on phonics and 1 year on comprehension after only 2 weeks treatment.  These gains are sustained and increased over 6 months.  Cellfield has assisted with reading accuracy, reading fluency, spelling, memory and maths skills as well as an increase in self esteem.

For more information visit www.cellfielduk.com

clare powellThis blog article was written for us by Clare Powell who is the Centre Director at Kip McGrath Scunthorpe and also Cellfield Reading Matters South Yorkshire.   Clare  holds a Bachelor of Education degree and is an experienced School teacher who has worked with students at Primary, Secondary, GCSE, A level and Degree level and has seen these students make considerable progress.

 

What Age Should Children be Allowed to Walk to School Alone? An update

Guest Blogger is Kirsty McHugh, mum to a P7 girl in East Renfrewshire, Glasgow.

I first blogged about this subject in March 2012 when my daughter was in Primary 5 and it received a fantastic response.  I even appeared on a national radio station to talk about my concerns.  The original blog is: https://kipmcgrathtutorsscotland.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/what-age-should-children-be-allowed-to-walk-to-and-from-school/ I have copied the content below also.

My daughter is now in Primary 7 and I wanted to give an update on where we are now.  I always said that in Primary seven I would give my daughter more freedom and she is now walking home from school 3 days per week, sometimes on her own but mostly with a friend who lives nearby.  She is very proud and loves it.  I must admit, I am still at the window watching for the moment she turns the corner into our road but she doesn’t know that.  We did a few walks together and crossed the road at the ‘right places’ to practice beforehand.  I did have to pick her up unexpectedly one day and imagine my surprise when I saw her walking with a big group of her pals right past the zebra crossing and she decided to cross at the busiest corner.  Arrgh!!

On Friday she was walking home with her pal and they were supposed to be coming here for a play date.  Twenty minutes after they were due they had not arrived and I went across the street to see if they had gone to the other girl’s house.  The panic in the other mum’s eyes told me they were not there and we frantically got in the car to find them.  We found them near the school laughing and giggling and oblivious to our panic.  They had apparently found a school bag in the street and gone back to school to hand it in doing a good deed.  They did not understand why we were so upset.

So now for the next dilemma!  My daughter said “If you would let me take a phone to school you could have phoned me”.  I totally agree she should have a cheap phone for emergencies.  Her dad however has always said she can’t get a phone until she goes to High School.  Hmmm.  Think he has to relent on that one!

It’s time to let her grow up and have some independence I think but one baby step at a time!

Original Blog From March 201o

I am mum to a nine year old daughter in P5 in East Renfrewshire and she is an only child. We live in a good area and about a mile away from her school  with two roads to cross (one on a quiet street) and one on a main road with a zebra crossing (although no lights or lollypop person).

My daughter has noticed that her friends are walking to and from school (although in groups) and she is at an age where she also wants more independence and to do the same.  She has no friends who live nearby so wants to walk home herself and is forever berating me that I am treating her like a 5 year old!

I am all for encouraging my daughter to become more independent but I just can’t seem to let her do this.  I tried this week to drive her across the road so that she had no roads to cross but then she had a 10 minute walk home and I couldn’t help myself but park up ahead and watch her in the mirror.  She says this is cheating and that I should just go home and let her make her own way home.

I know some in her class (especially the boys) walk home alone but I just can’t let her do this.  I don’t know whether this is because as a mum I am not ready to let go or whether I feel she is not quite ready.

As a child, I remember walking a mile to and from school myself everyday from Primary 3 but I had no roads to cross.  Apart from being beaten up in P5 by a girl who went to a different denominational school, I can’t remember any bad incidents.  When I was 13, a man tried to get me into his car on the way home from school and I ran all the way home.  At the same age, my younger brother’s best friend (7) was knocked down and killed getting of the school bus to enter our Estate.  Am I being too over protective?

My daughter was only one when the Soham Murderer kidnapped and killed Jessica and Holly but I was deeply affected by this and even although I know the odds of this happening are rare, all I want to do is protect my daughter and ensure that she is safe.  I have school friend mums who share my concerns but others who feel that our kids will be suffocated if we don’t give them some independence.

I have decided to stick to my guns for the time being and we will walk home together.  I will even let her walk ahead of me if she wishes but until Primary 7, I will not let her walk home along.

Am I wrong?  I can bear being the bad mummy who treats her like a 5 year old but should she be allowed more freedom at age 9?  I know I could have done it at age 9 but she seems so immature compared to me at that age.

I would welcome feedback from other parents.  What should I do?

Preparing for Secondary School in Scotland – Top Tips

Moving up from Primary 7 to S1

March is generally the time for schools in Scotland to hold parents’ evenings and, especially for parents of children in primary 7, this is the ideal time to discuss with your child’s teacher exactly how your child is performing academically in class and how to help children make the transition from P7 to First year as smoothly as possible.

Developing? Consolidating? Secure?

Since Curriculum for Excellence was introduced in Scotland, parents will be familiar with the above terminology on report cards but do you understand exactly what these words mean and how your child is coping with school work in class?  Make sure you take this time to ask about results of assessments undertaken and how these compare with others in the school and region.  Are they in the top group for subjects?  If not, ask what can be done to help.

Kip McGrath Maths and English TuitionAcademically some children can be surprised when they move to First year and mix with students from other schools to find that they aren’t quite at the same level in English and Maths and this can lead to a lack of confidence and cause additional stress.  At our 27 Kip McGrath centres in Scotland, we tutor thousands of children and find that this is the time when most parents realise their children have fallen behind and call for help.

Having spoken to your child’s teacher, if you have any concerns please book an assessment with one of our qualified teachers at your local Kip McGrath centre.  This is FREE and we will be able to identify any areas of weakness or gaps in learning that may have developed and prepare an individual lesson plan focussed on your child’s needs.  Kip McGrath Tuition Centres only employ qualified teachers who have experience of teaching in Scottish schools giving parents peace of mind.  Our Primary and Secondary tutors teach children from age 5-18 up to Higher Grade English and Maths.

Free Kip McGrath Assessment

Tips for Parents to Help Children Cope with Move to Secondary School

Moving to a new school can be daunting for children emotionally and they will worry about fitting in, following timetables and will have much more reponsibility than ever before.  It is never too early for parents to start helping children prepare for this huge transition and we have listed below some suggestions.

Be organised – children should get into the habit early preparing for the next school day.  Ask them to look over their timetable and ensure that they are organised.  Do they need gym kit, musical instruments or anything for special projects?

Homework – What are their homework projects for the week?  Ask them to create a time plan to complete homework as early as possible and not have to rush at the last minute. Make sure they have a quiet place to work which is free of distractions.

Responsibility – Allowing your child now to take more responsibility will reap rewards in the future.  Teach them how to be more independent and to prepare for school by themselves.

Talk about Fears – In a big new school children have to follow a timetable and find classes and may worry about being late or get lost. Teachers may be a bit stricter.  Talk to your child about any fears they may have and discuss who can they go to in school if they are worried.

Making Friends – Your child may be in a class with none of their friends from primary school and may find it hard when their existing friends form new relationships.  Try to teach your child to smile, learn others’ names, show an interest, ask questions, be inclusive to all students and encourage them to form new class friendships.

Find your local Kip McGrath Tuition Centre in Scotland

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World Book Day 2013 Costume Ideas

It is world book day on 7th March 2013. Here are some excellent tips for dressing up as your favourite literary character.  Thank you to my colleague in Urmston for sharing.

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Ideas for World Book Day Outfits 2013

It is almost that time of year again – World Book Day. On the 7th March 2013, school children across the UK are encouraged to dress up as a favourite book character.

When it comes to World Book Day, parents tend to fall into 2 distinct categories; the ones whose hearts sink when that letter comes home and the ones who rub their hands with glee at the thought of the wonderful creative opportunity offered by a day of fancy dress at school. If, like me, you fall into the former group, try some of these ideas to avoid a)unwanted stress and panic b)tragically disappointed face on your child.

Although it can be fun to make your own costumes, if you are that way inclined, it can be too time consuming for many busy parents. Here in Urmston we are…

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English Tutors UK

English Tutors in the UK

The tutoring industry in the UK is booming.  There are many private tutors, tuition centres and after school clubs offering practice in English and Maths throughout the whole of the UK.  In 2013, the tuition industry will continue to grow.

In Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, we have some fantastic schools but a great deal of controversy still reigns in our education system and many parents continue to seek out private tuition to ensure that their children achieve the best education and exam results possible.  Children are receiving extra tuition from as early as Year One (if not earlier) and especially in High School.  Some children do fall behind in school and extra tuition can quickly bring students up to the level of their peers.  However, it is not only children who struggle who attend private tuition as many parents wish children to be stretched to achieve the best possible results whether that be 11+, entrance exam, GCSE, SCE or Higher/A-Level results.

Find an English Tutor in the UK

If you make the decision to find a private tutor in 2013 then why should you choose a Kip McGrath Education Centre?  Well, we have over 200 centres in the UK which are run and taught by qualified teachers.  English and maths are our core subjects but many centres offer other additional subjects.  Our qualified teachers offer a FREE educational assessment for every child and create an individual lesson plan for every child based on their own individual learning needs.  As qualified teachers, we know the local school curriculum and what is needed by every child to reach their full acadmic potential.

Are English Tutors Qualified to Teach English?

KIP MCGRATH-LW.The site of the former Birgitte, 41 King Street.-We may harp on about this but a tutor does not need to be a qualified English teacher to tutor English according to UK laws.  When you employ an English tutor please ensure that you take out references and speak to previous students.  Ask to see credentials and results.  At Kip McGrath Tuition Centres, we are qualified and experienced teachers, have taught in local schools and understand the school curriculum.

National Tuition Centres

There are a few large, national tuition centres who offer maths and English tuition like Kip McGrath.  Don’t be fooled.  Kip McGrath are not the same and cannot be compared.  These centres are not in the main run by teachers and rely on worksheets and computer exercises that parents sometimes have to mark themselves.  When choosing a tutor to teach your child it is important that parents do their own homework and know the facts.

KIP MCGRATH ARE DIFFERENT!

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What is Your Dream for 2016? Children’s National Writing Competition at Kip McGrath Education Centres

Dream a Big Dream National Children’s Writing Competition

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games showed how thousands of people could be inspired to pursue their dreams to achieve great things and break world records.

The Kip McGrath national writing competition is an amazing opportunity to inspire your child to celebrate and write about their “big dream”, whatever that may be.

Anyone aged 9  – 14 years can enter the competition and prizes will be awarded to 12 regional winners and two overall national winners.  For full terms and conditions and to enter the competition visit www.dreamabigdream.info

Inspirational Athletes Involved in Dream a Dream Competition

Kip McGrath Scotland Business Opportunities – Discovery Day for Teachers

Discovery Day at Kip McGrath on Saturday 2nd February 2013

Are you a qualified teacher or an honours graduate willing to undertake a rigorous intensive training course in tutoring?  Are you interested in owning your own tutoring business as part of the globally recognised Kip McGrath Tuition Franchise?

Margaret Carmichael, the Area Developer for Scotland, is holding a discovery day at the East Kilbride Kip McGrath Education Centre on Saturday 2nd February from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm for those interested in finding out more.  Come along and see a successful centre in action and ask questions.  The centre is at 13d Hunter Street, The Village, East Kilbride, G74 4LZ.

About Kip McGrath

Kip McGrath Education Centres are primarily owned and operated by qualified teachers with a passion for teaching and the desire to run a successful franchise business.

With a 36 year history and over 600 franchises globally, Kip McGrath Education Centres offer supplementary education to students in reading, writing, comprehension, maths and English.

There are currently 26 centres throughout Scotland owned and run by qualified teachers offering professional maths and English tutoring to primary and secondary school children.

We still have a few territories available for the right person and 2 established centres for sale.  Click here for more details.

If you would like to attend, please submit the form below.  We look forward to seeing you.

Online Cyberbullying Advice for Parents -How to Keep Your Children Safe Online.

The above is an excellent article by my colleagues in Urmston, Manchester about cyber bullying with some very helpful advice for parents on how to advise children on the dangers of being online. Thank you for some great tips.  Make sure you read the full article by clicking on the “read more” link in blue above.

Kip McGrath Scotland – How Learning is Changing with Technology

Insight – The Future has arrived at Kip McGrath

Thank you to Sally and Simon Fisher for the above blog article.  Insight is starting to be rolled out to our centres in Scotland and the students absolutely love it. Good teaching by qualified and motivated teachers is what Kip McGrath is all about but in this era, children expect state of the art technology too to make learning fun and this is what Insight promises to deliver. Thanks to years of planning and investment and dare I say ‘insight’, Kip McGrath centres have the technology to keep up with the fast paced changes that no doubt will keep coming without impacting on the existing teaching methods by qualified teachers we currently offer.

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by Sally Fisher

If you remember when;

ATARI was a state of the art video game system.

Mark from Eastenders was Tucker Jenkins.

And Frank was saying ‘GGGGGGGO!!!!’ on Runaround

The kids on “Why Don’t You” looked old… and cool…

K-Tel was a major force in music.

Wham Bars, Spangles, Pacers and Banjos were playground currency

David Hasselhoff  wore clothes and talked to his car.

‘Charlie said’ don’t do it – and you didn’t

Then you’ll also remember this: the good old BBC Acorn computer from your school days. I still recall waiting patiently for my spreadsheet to be printed out by the dot matrix printer – remember that funny thin paper?  And don’t forget about the floppy disc!

The classroom of today looks dramatically different.  The classroom of 2012 is almost unrecognisable.  The blackboard/whiteboard has been firmly replaced with the interactive whiteboard which gives teachers the opportunity to cater…

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Best Christmas TV Adverts/Commercials- Favourite Christmas Television Ads – Which is the Best Christmas TV advert ever?

Christmas is Coming!!!

It is the 12th November 2012 and as usual I am normally very critical that Christmas seems to be getting earlier every year.  I even saw my first Christmas tree in a house the other day – too soon!!  I have had a very busy year and Christmas seems so far away and I have to say  that I am not ready for Christmas yet.

However, last night I was watching TV and saw my first Christmas TV commercial of this year and I had the warm, fuzzy reaction that I am sure these companies have paid a lot of money to instill in consumers just like meal.  As a grandmother in Scotland, my favourite day of the year is having my children and grandchildren over on Christmas Day and delighting in the opening of presents and joy of my family being together and happy.

This is not always the case for many families and I urge that we donate to childrens charitites in the UK to ensure that every child receives a present from Santa Claus. Below are a few fantastic causes:

http://www.gosh.org (Great Ormond Street Hospital)

http://.www.yorkhill.org (Yorkhilll Childrens’ Foundation)

http://www.chas.org.uk (Childrens Hospice Association)

What is the Best TV Christmas Commercial Ever?

For me, whenever I hear the Coca Cola advert “holidays are coming” TV advert I start to get into christmas mode and realise it is time to start shopping.  These ads have changed over the years but always have the same theme and music and I just love them http://youtu.be/ogetBqMgau0

Christmas TV Ads are big business and prey on our sentimentality at Christmas.  There have been some extremely successful tv adverts in recent years.  Who can forget the 2011 John Lewis advertisement with the little boy counting down the days until Christmas only to ignore his presents to give to his mum and dad? Did this get us in the Christmas spirit or encourage us to shop at John Lewis?

There has been much talk on social media sites this week about the big supermarkets’ TV advertisements.  Is the John Lewis 2012 advert as good as last year?  Is the Asda TV advert sexist?  Is the Morrison’s TV advert too similar to Asda’s? Why is the TV advertisement so popular this year?  Why are big brand shops launching Christmas tv commercials this year and spending so much money on pr?

Is the most successful TV advert as important as the Christmas Number 1 this year? On media coverage you would think so but does  successful Christmas TV ad campaign result in more business?  I am not sure.  Last year the John Lewis ad campaign enchanted me but I didn’t shop there- I shopped at Debenhams who are not featured in my list.

I would ask two questions therefore:

1.  What is the best ChristmasTV advert of all time and put you in the mood for Christmas?

2.  Did this advert encourage you to spend in their store and why?

The Best Christmas TV Adverts/Commercials of AllTime in UK

So I want to ask the question – which Christmas television advert pulls on your heart strings, which advert best describes Christmas? Which advert do you watch and feel “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”  Does the TV campaign encourage you to shop at their store?  If you live in Scotland but your religion does not celebrate Christmas, how do you deal with this subject if your children attend mainstream schools?

Best Christmas TV Adverts of all Time in the UK

These are in no particular order!!!!

1. John Lewis 2011 Advert

2. John Lewis 2012 TV ‘Snowman Advert”

2. Barrs Irn Bru TV advert

3. Coca Cola Christmas Video – Holidays are coming.

4. Asda Christmas 2012 TV Advert

5. Morrisons 2012 Christmas Advert

6. M & S 2012 Christmas TV Advert

“It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!”

The Best Start in Life – ITV1 Tonight Show Exposes Pressures On Children and Private Tuition in UK 2012

Tonight Show – ITV1 8th November 2012 – The Best Start in Life

http://www.itv.com/news/2012-11-08/the-best-start-in-life/

I just watched the ITV1 Tonight’s programme about education, the booming tuition industry and whether too much pressure was put on young children to achieve academic success.

I have to say, as a mother of three children, a grandmother, an ex deputy school teacher and reponsible for Kip McGrath Education Centres in Scotland since 1999, I wasn’t exactly surprised at the content of the programme in general.  I introduced Kip McGrath Education Centres to Scotland in 1999 and we now have 26 centres throughout Scotland providing maths and English tuition to children from age 5 to 18 right up to Higher Secondary Level.  We also have over 200 centres throughout the UK in England, Ireland and Wales and I have been chatting to them this evening about the programme.

The programme was right in that the tuition industry is booming throughout the UK.  Scotland was not really focussed on in the programme but certainly here we are experiencing higher than ever demands for tuition from parents.  That includes children from Primary 1 to 6th Year Secondary.  .England, Ireland and Wales Kip McGrath Centres are also achieving unprecedented enquiries for assessments for children from year 1.

Kip McGrath Education Centres

I was slightly annoyed that a national tuition centre was featured in the programme who are not in the main qualified teachers.  Many of their centre owners are not qualified teachers and employ “instructors” to tutor children in English and maths with repetitive worksheets and computer exercises which some children who have turned to Kip have reported as being very repetitive.  Whilst this method can help some children, at Kip McGrath Education Centres, as qualified teachers, we teach children to re-learn areas of weakness or gaps in learning that may have occurred.

Kip McGrath Tuition Centres UK

I felt it important having watched this programme to emphasise the difference in Kip McGrath tuition as opposed to other national tuition centres and private tuition.  I felt personally that the Tonight Show, focussed on extreme cases and neglected the bigger picture.  A 2/3 year old has no need of tuition.  Some parents do wish to give their children a greater start in education and enrol their children at an early age.  Most children engage a tutor from year 2 onwards when certain difficulties are identified.  At Kip McGrath Education Centres, every one of our 200 centres in the UK is owned and run by a qualified teacher.  Every centre employs Maths and English tutors but they must be qualified and experienced teachers and be experienced in teaching.  THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH OUR COMPETITORS!

Our Reaction to the ITV1 Best Start in Life Programme

Many of my fellow Kip McGrath Teachers throughout the UK have contacted me who have watched the show and this is some of the comments they would like to make:

Kip McGrath Lisburn Tuition Centre

One of the reasons that Kip McGrath  after school tuition franchise has become so successful with teachers (there are now over 200 centres open in the UK and Irleand) and what sets it apart from other companies offering similar services to parents is the fact that all Kip McGrath franchisees have to be qualified and experienced teachers. Martin Rimmer who runs the Lisburn centre along side his wife Clare explains. “The philosophy of the Kip McGrath founders, “any child can learn if they are taught properly” really resonated with us when we first starting looking into starting our own tuition business. All the centres are run and owned by local teachers and their teaching skills and years of experience prior to owning the business mean that the service parents can expect is tailored specifically to every child’s needs.  Excellent teaching is what the Kip McGrath method of tutoring is based upon and the Kip McGrath resources along side the support of having a franchisee network with a huge pool of experience mean  that the tuition provided is of the highest quality.

Kip McGrath Dumfries Tuition Centre

Only a few children were featured in the ITV1 programme – all being very intensively taught (I would say probably at the expense of their emotional and social welfare). Kip McGrath  tutors are trained to teach each child at their own level and certainly not to demand several hours of study at home each evening.

The program completely neglected the Scottish education system. There was also an absence of children who had slipped behind for any reason and needed the help for which Kip McGrath was originally designed.
“As any parent will tell you; their world is their child and their child means the world to them.  As such they deserve the best that they can give them.

http://www.itv.com/news/2012-11-08/the-best-start-in-life/

If you haven’t already watched ‘Tonight’s ITV News’ then take a look.  They are featuring some of the extremes of tutoring.  I would say that some of the points raised are valid – we will have to be able to compete with China and the Far East in the not too distant future as this is where the huge economic growth is taking place. 

However, tutoring can be used very successfully, without the pressure, and used to develop skills and confidence for many aspects of a child’s life – not just their ability to pass a test.  I would argue that attending Kip makes them a more rounded and happy individual, learning skills that will allow them to overcome any obstacle put in their way, regardless of how big or small that obstacle is or becomes.

All too often kids who are quiet get left behind because teachers are too busy dealing with those students who don’t want to learn.  This is an all too frequent reality in most state schools up and down the country.”

Kip McGrath Bexleyheath Tuition centre

Tutoring can be used very successfully, without the pressure, and used to develop skills and confidence for many aspects of a child’s life- not just their ability to pass a test.

Contact Your Local UK Kip McGrath Centre to Arrange a Free Assement

With 26 Kip McGrath Centres and over 200 throughout the UK, if you are considering private tuition for your child, then contact us to arrange a FREE EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT and talk to a fully qualified teacher in confidence.  Visit our website at www.kipmcgrath.co.uk to find your local centre now.

Greenock Tuition in English and Maths Covering Kilmacolm, Inverkip, Gourock and Inverclyde

New Kip McGrath Tuition Centre Opens in Greenock 2012

The latest Kip McGrath Education Centre has opened in Greenock in November 2012.  Based in the Ladyburn Business Centre at Pottery Street, Greenock PA15 2UH, the Kip McGrath Tuition Centre of excellence for education is now open to help youngsters get to the top of the class in reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Former James Watt College lecturer Richard Harrison and his wife Heidi have brought the highly regarded Kip McGrath tuition programme to the area in 2012.

Richard and Heidi Harrison

From their Greenock base they will give Inverclyde children the opportunity to be the very best by offering first class tuition by qualified teachers to help them maximise their full potential in English and Maths.  The Centre offers tuition for children from Primary One through to Secondary and SQA exam level.

A huge advocate of the Kip McGrath methods, Richard believes that the international scheme can help give youngsters in Inverclyde an even better start in life.

A qualified teacher with many years’ teaching experience,  Richard said: “I have spent the last ten years as a lecturer and before that as a high school teacher. I know how beneficial and important it is for young people to reach a high standard in their literacy and numeracy skills.  This is a great opportunity for them to develop the extra skills they need while working in a friendly and relaxed group environment.”

History of Kip McGrath Education Centres

International tuition provider Kip McGrath, first started in Australia in 1977, caters for youngsters of all ages, levels and abilities delivered by qualified teachers.

Richard added: “It is so important from a very young age that children have sound English and Maths skills. This is an ideal environment to strengthen these essential skills.”

How We Teach at Kip McGrath Greenock Tuition Centre

On the first visit children are given a free educational assessment.  From this, our teachers can target specific areas of weakness and create an individual learning programme for each child. No two children follow the same programme as it is based on their individual needs.

The education centre aims to help children in a way that builds confidence and self esteem.

A mixture of unique resources keeps children engrossed in learning by offering courses in reading and comprehension, writing and spelling as well as English and Maths.  We are delighted to be one of the first centres in Scotland (currently 26 in Scotland) to offer the Kip McGrath Insight online programme which the children love and helps to make learning fun.  However, this is only used as a tool to help children complete tasks and learn in a fun and motivating way and never replaces individual teaching.

Each student attends the centre for an 80 minute lesson per week which includes individual teaching and written and computer exercises to reinforce the subject being learned.

Homework at Kip McGrath Education Centres

Goals will be set and a little homework provided which we encourage students to complete on their own without parental help.  Homework is not a test and results ensure that we as teachers can clearly identify areas that still need work.  Parents marking and helping children with homework, although common practice with school homework, does not help us in clearly marking a child’s progress and understanding of a subject.

The Scottish Curriculum and Re-learning the Basics

As qualified teachers, we understand the Scottish curriculum and can easily identify current working levels of children who are falling behind in school and what is required to bring every child up to the level required to excel in school.  Sometimes children fall behind because they have failed to grasp the fundamentals of a specific lesson and this makes it difficult to progress.  Sometimes gaps in learning have formed and at Kip McGrath, we can highlight these gaps and re-teach the lessons, enabling a child to fully understand and catch up.  Some children have to go back to basics before they can move on but once learned, it is surprising how quickly children can catch up with a little extra tuition.

Contact Kip McGrath Greenock Tuition Centre

Your child is in good hands at Kip McGrath and after the initial call, we will arrange to assess your child’s academic abilities which is currently FREE of charge.  Students are made to feel very welcome and our bright, modern tuition centre and fantastic exclusive resources make learning fun in a safe, relaxing but stimulating environment.

Arrange a FREE Educational Assessment

If you have concerns about your child’s education and wish to talk to a qualified teacher in confidence, you can call Richard Harrison on 01475 745600 or mobile 0794 645 5886.  Alternatively please visit the main Greenock website for more information or click here to arrange an assessment online.

Teaching Jobs at Kip McGrath Scotland – English and Maths Tutors Needed

Teaching Vacancies at Kip McGrath Education Centres Scotland 2012

It has been an exceptionally busy start to the year at Kip McGrath Education Centres in Scotland.  We currently have 26 centres throughout Scotland and we offer tuition to children from primary one to Higher Grade level in English and Maths.

A number of centres have intimated that requests for tuition have risen dramatically this year and as such we need to recruit more Secondary Teachers in Maths and English to cope with demand.

Qualifications Needed

To teach Secondary English or Maths at a Kip McGrath Education Centre, you must be a fully qualified teacher with experience of teaching students at Secondary level.  You need to be a member of the General Teaching Council.

You also need to be a great teacher and love teaching. This is also an ideal opportunity for retired teachers who still wish to teach and share their knowledge with our students.

Each Kip McGrath Centre is owned and run by a qualified teacher and they are responsible for their own recruitment but please let me know of your interest, location and credentials and I will ask them to contact you in confidence.

Please contact myself in confidence at margaret.carmichael@ntlworld.com or call me on 0141 571 2517 or 07711 451 400.

Margaret Carmichael

Kip McGrath Scotland

Technology of the Future in the Classroom – Glimpse into the Future

Thanks to our Dunfermline Centre for sharing the above blog. What a fascinating insight into the future of technology.

Dunfermline Tuition at Kip McGrath Education

Technology in the Classroom

The advancement in technology within schools is incredible!  Whiteboards and ipads are becoming commonplace with ICT an important subject in the classroom.  Many children are coming home and showing their parents how to navigate a computer!

A Tablet and a Pencil!

I was watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie the other day (which was a favourite TV programme of mine from my childhood) with my children and they were very confused at what a writing tablet was for.  They were very amused to see the classroom environment from those days and astonished at the basic materials children had.

My youngest asked me “Dad, did you have to use a writing tablet when you were at school in the olden days?”  Needless to say I found this highly amusing.

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English Education v Scottish Education? Which is Better?

Michael Gove

The English and Scottish Education systems are completely different and certainly in recent weeks, Michael Gove, The Education Secretary has come under attack.  There are many articles such as this “Michael Gove has made a cruel mess of exam grades”.  The English education system does seem to be in a bit of a turmoil but is the Scottish education system really much better? 

Less publicised but still causing headaches for many Scottish schools is the introduction of new National 4 & 5 exams introduced as part of the new Curriculum For Excellence and only time will tell if this transition runs smoothly in the next few years.

Why Scotland’s approach to publicly funded education works

I came across this interesting article online by Melissa Benn of the Guardian and I wanted to share.  I would be interested to hear your point of view.

Guardian Article in Full

Last week, a British education minister spoke eloquently of the necessity of a highly qualified teaching profession, free university learning and the vital importance of public education as a “societal, not just an individual, good”.

Michael Russell

No, Michael Gove has not had a radical change of heart over the summer break. The minister in question was Michael Russell, cabinet secretary for education in the SNP government. He and I were sharing a platform at a packed session at this year’s Edinburgh book festival on “the value of education”, with many cogent and passionate contributions from leading academics and educationalists.

The most immediate thing to strike a visitor from Planet Gove is how very different the atmosphere and assumptions are on this subject north of the border. With its proud tradition of the “democratic intellect”, long history of compulsory education and world-renowned universities, the Scots seem genuinely to value their school system.

Here one finds very little teacher-bashing and scant reference to market solutions to social problems. At the Edinburgh event, the overriding concern was how to improve access by poorer students to higher and further learning and keep universities free, despite considerable pressure from an unholy alliance of English newspapers and Scottish conservatives. There is a heartening and robust belief in publicly funded, publicly accountable high-quality education.

Is this perhaps the very reason we in England hear so little about Scotland‘s education system, bar some envious carping at its avoidance of tuition fees? While every fashionable free-schooler or educational conservative has rushed to bash underfunded Wales as proof of comprehensive failure, or bemoaned attempts in Northern Ireland to eliminate its outmoded selective system, there is little discussion of the evident strengths of the Scottish comprehensive system.

In fact, Scotland has deliberately rejected what Russell accurately labels the Germ (Global Education Reform Movement) approach so beloved of the coalition, with its commitment to privatisation, competition and deregulation.

He is rightly scathing of the “three initiatives before breakfast” policy-hyperactivity of the current English government. At the Edinburgh session he declared himself “stunned” at recently announced English plans to allow unqualified teachers into classrooms. Rigorous teacher training is at the heart of the Scottish approach, and there are plans, modelled upon the Finnish example, to require every teacher to possess a master’s in addition to a first degree.

Scotland publishes no official league tables, although individual schools obviously release their results. (Even Wales now publishes the results of secondary schools grouped into one of five bands.) The Scottish government is moving towards greater school self-evaluation and has, over the past decade, slowly rolled out a progressive “curriculum for excellence”, in stark contrast to our own government’s speedily devised, overly prescriptive and increasingly contested programmes for learning.

And it seems to be working. Results for Scottish highers, a formal examination taken between 16 and 19, have slowly climbed over the years and are up again in 2012, with no serious claims of grade inflation. From this year, pilot schemes will be rolled out, with the ultimate aim of each child learning two languages in addition to their own. And only last year, the Royal Society praised the high numbers of Scottish students – 49.7% – who study science to the higher levels, and suggested that the rest of the UK should emulate Scotland in this regard.

Denominational schooling is still a huge issue and while some indicators suggest that Scotland is better at educating its poorer students than we are in England, it remains, like all parts of the UK, dogged by an unacceptable attainment gap based on social class.

Acknowledging this, Russell points to “some spectacularly good practice” on improving the performance of low-income students in Glasgow’s toughest schools. It is an approach, says Russell, consistent with Scotland’s belief in “collaboration rather than competition”. He adds succinctly: “We do not believe that poverty is destiny. But Kipp (a reference to the US Charter model) would not work for us.”

Not perfect but improving: that seemed to be the general, modest consensus up in Edinburgh. Indeed, it may be that modesty and consensus-seeking are the hallmarks of Scotland’s approach, in marked contrast to the “quick fix”, grandstanding approach of Germ guerillas everywhere who deliberately seek to undermine public trust and confidence in the role of the state.

Scotland offers another model, celebrating both the possibilities of good government and education as a public good. As a result, it could well nudge ahead of busy old England in the years to come

Tuition in Dunfermline – How to Help Children Learn Times Tables

This is an excellent article written by our Dunfermline Centre. Click on Read more above to view the whole article.

Dunfermline Tuition at Kip McGrath Education

Why is Learning Times Tables Important?

When a child is learning maths concepts at school, it is very important that a child knows their multiplication times tables as this will help them quickly master maths in the future such as division and algebra.  A child who can recite their times table will find it much easier to complete questions in class and cope with higher levels of maths.

It used to be the practice in schools to learn times tables by rote but this seems to have gone out of fashion.  Parents can help their children at home by encouraging them to practice memorising multiplication tables and try to make this a fun activity with rewards.  This will pay dividends in the future as your child is more likely to be confident and able to grasp new ideas.

As a teacher and dad of three young children, I understand how…

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Dunfermline Tutors in Maths and English

The Kip McGrath Dunfermline Centre is now open at a new location and we would like to wish them the very best of luck in their brand new premises!

Dunfermline Tuition at Kip McGrath Education

Why Parents are Opting for Extra Tuition for Children?

Many children sail through school without any problems and go on to achieve great exam results.  However this is not the case for some children and extra tuition may be required at some point.  The tuition industry in Scotland and the UK is booming and “extra tuition” should no longer hold any so called embarrassment for children and parents.  In fact many children who are tutored are high achievers who want to excel academically.

Does Your Child Need a Tutor?

As parents, trust your instinct.  There are many signs that your child may be struggling or falling behind in class:

  • Do they “hate” school and make excuses not to go?
  • Is homework a struggle for both you and your child?
  • Have they become moody or withdrawn?
  • Are they reluctant to read a book, comic or anything other than the school has…

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Tuition in Ayr – Kip McGrath Tuition Centre Celebrates Relaunch with Grand Opening

Kip McGrath Ayr Education Centre Grand Opening 31st August 2012

We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth McKay is the new owner of the Kip McGrath Tuition Centre in Ayr.  To celebrate the re-launch of this fantastic centre at 21 Wellington Square, an Official Opening Event will be held on Friday 31st August 2012 from 7.00pm until 9.00 pm with wine nibbles and a bit of fun.  All are welcome to come along and enjoy the festivities.

Our special guest of honour is Lorna Dempsey who has just been voted Scotland’s Role Model of the Year 2012 by No.1 Magazine.  Lorna is the founder of the biggest and most talked about events in Ayrshire, Butterfly Events.  Lorna has been organising her events voluntary in aid of Cancer Research UK since 2007, raising £194,000 and more importantly cancer awareness through thousands of people.

She also works full time and volunteers for her local Scout and Girls Group in her village of Dalmellington.  We are proud to support Lorna.  You can find out more about Lorna’s fundraising at http://www.butterfly-events.org/about/ and take part in future fun events to raise even more money for Cancer Research UK.

Open Day on 8th September

For those who cannot attend the grand opening, we are also holding an Open Day on Saturday 8th September from 2.00pm until 4.00pm.  This gives parents an ideal opportunity to visit our teachers, view the centre and our fabulous resources and speak to our teachers.

About Kip McGrath Education Centre Ayr

The Kip McGrath Centre in Ayr is run by Liz McKay who is a fully qualified Maths Teacher and has been teaching in local schools since 1981.  Sometimes children need a little extra tuition in English or Maths to achieve their full academic potential.  I love to teach but was finding in the classroom that I was unable to spend enough time with every student in the way I knew would make a difference.  This opportunity at Kip McGrath is fantastic for me because I can devote one to one time with every student and really make a difference very quickly to my students’ education.

I am a Maths Teacher to Higher Grade but I also employ fully qualified teachers to tutor our students in English and Computing up to secondary level.  All teachers are highly experienced in the local school curriculum and Kip McGrath have provided us with fantastic teaching resources to assist teaching including our exclusive new online programme called Insight which the students love.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more, please call Liz McKay on 01292 260101 or visit our website to find out more.  The Centre is based at 21 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1EZ.